SB 1070 visits the Recent White House State Dinner

According to Forbes, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim is worth $53.5 billion, making him the world’s richest person by em, a slim margin over American Bill Gates.

Slim, son of Lebanese immigrants, made his fortune in telecommunications. Recently, (e)Slim (below) was present at the State Dinner held at the White House in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón.


[Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America]

What I find interesting is that Slim is wearing some sort of ID badge. In looking at pictures of other luminaries present at this shindig (i.e. comedian George Lopez and actress Eva Longoria-Parker), you’ll find that they’re not wearing badges.

Everyone knows who George Lopez and Eva Longoria-Parker are, Slim? Not so much, hence he has to rock a badge. That’s probably the reason, not to mention his complexion, that White House security might be “reasonably suspicious” that Carlos is the “help” who is trying to mingle with the VIPs.

Might it show that even the world’s richest man isn’t immune to being SB1070’d?

I guess the cowardly Mr. Lopez and the bubbly Longoria-Parker are living proof that it is better to be famous than stupefyingly wealthy.

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Sammy Sosa to the Rescue in Arizona

As previously blogged about here, a law in Arizona will give police officers the power to ask people for proof that they are in this country legally.

The officers will not ask everyone for this proof but only those individuals whom they “reasonably suspect” are here illegally. No doubt this will have to do mainly with the swarthy complexion of some of my paisanos.

So if you don’t have “papers”, live in Arizona and spend most of your time mowing lawns (even those of anti-immigrant people) what are you to do to avoid being profiled put in a difficult spot?

In comes former MLBer Sammy Sosa. Slammin’ Sammy, whose “inability” to speak English before Congress and dark complexion would raise all sorts of suspicion where he to reside in Arizona, could lend a helping hand to those ‘suspicious’ folk there.

How? Well by endorsing and selling whichever of Prof. Snape’s potion he used to “cleanse” his mug:

With Sammy’s Salve, some of my hard-working paisanos can continue to do the jobs no one else will without having to worry about la chota getting all up in their business.

John Redcorn Soothes Mother Earth

I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in a dorm room watching the series premiere of “King of the Hill” and Joseph Gribble’s first appearance. The punchline of course was his appearance, nothing like perceived father Dale but closely resembling that of his mom’s “friend”, John Redcorn.

At that point I don’t think I had laughed harder at anything I had watched on television. Chris Rock’s “Bigger and Blacker” topped it a couple years later.

At any rate, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently said that God was “Bolivarian” (As in Simon Bolivar not Bolivia but who’s counting?)

Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, recently attended the aftershock-tinged inauguration of Chile’s new President.

Here’s a shot from the ceremony (photo credit: Claudio Santana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images),

As seen in the pic, Evo Morales (left) appears to be manipulating the aftershocks.

God may not be “Bolivarian” but the luminaries in attendance should thank Him that Evo seemingly has things under control.

Lawsuits Need Sponsors Like the Planet Needs Saving

Why not? NASCAR cars are covered with sponsor stickers. For a cool $15 mill or so you can take the place of honor on the car’s hood.

AIG is paying nearly that much per year so their logo can flit around the pitch on 11 shirts every time Manchester United plays.

It’s high time that lawsuits, bastions of American democracy that they are, also be beneficiaries of lucrative sponsor money.

For example, Erin Brockovich’s suit against Pacific Gas and Electric could have been brought to us by Maidenform or Wonderbra. At least that’s the direction the movie (starring Julia Roberts) seemed to steer us toward.

Photo credit:  © 2000 – Universal Pictures, Inc.

A group of Hurricane Katrina survivors are suing Shell, ExxonMobile, BP and Chevron, among others for emitting greenhouse gases and thus supposedly “helping fuel global warming” and “boosting” said hurricane.

The sponsor for this suit should be the “weather is not climate” crowd who seizes upon every opportunity to point out that a heat wave or a particularly devastating hurricane is the result of anthropogenic global warming.

Yet, when the East Coast experiences severe blizzards and record snowfall, their Orwellian chant, “Weather and climate are not the same thing, two legs bad!” can be heard emanating from the lofty spires of their world of make-believe.

A world replete with flowers and bells and leprechauns. And magic frogs with funny little hats who cavort with Al “the magical man” Gore from Happy Land who lives carbon neutrally in a gumdrop house on lollipop lane.

Can’t have it both ways, hopefully the judge overseeing the Katrina lawsuit recognizes that.

What’s next, Haitians suing the Copenhagen summit for their inaction causing the earthquake that ravaged their nation?

Liberty

I’m currently reading and enjoying Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic, Democracy in America. Yesterday morning was a good a time as any to continue on this quest, seeming how I had some hours to burn at the DPS.

In Chapter 2 (“Origin of the Anglo-Americans, and its Importance in Relation to their Future Condition”) Tocqueville quotes John Winthrop’s (below) “fine definition of liberty”

Winthrop
Liberty is being secure enough to wear a ‘roided up doily around my neck.

Concerning liberty, I observe a great mistake in the country about that. There is a twofold liberty, natural (I mean as our nature is now corrupt) and civil or federal.

The first is common to man with beasts and other creatures. By this, man, as he stands in relation to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists; it is a liberty to evil as well as to good. This liberty is incompatible and inconsistent with authority, and cannot endure the least restraint of the most just authority. The exercise and maintaining of this liberty makes men grow more evil, and in time to be worse than brute beasts: omnes sumus licentia deteriores. This is that great enemy of truth and peace, that wild beast, which all the ordinances of God are bent against, to restrain and subdue it.

The other kind of liberty I call civil or federal; it may also be termed moral, in reference to the covenant between God and man, in the moral law, and the politic covenants and constitutions, among men themselves. This liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is a liberty to that only which is good, just, and honest. This liberty you are to stand for, with the hazard not only of your goods, but of your lives, if need be.

Whatsoever crosseth this, is not authority, but a distemper thereof. This liberty is maintained and exercised in a way of subjection to . authority; it is of the same kind of liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

Indeed.

Did the Mannequin Cause the Accident?

Anyone remember the movie, Mannequin? Mannequin Where that guy ends up hooking up with a mannequin who comes to life? Oh, and that mannequin was played by none other than Kim Cattrall?

Well a Houston motorist wishes that his mannequin had come to life, though not for romantic reasons. You see, this guy was using a mannequin to get in carpool lane without penalty. This kind of thing is dreamed up by many a commuter here in Houston who has to deal with the congestion endemic to our thoroughfares.

If you can pull it off everything is peachy, but if you rear-end a fellow car pooler then things aren’t so swell. Unfortunately, Metro police doesn’t consider a mannequin as an occupant, so this particular commuter was ticketed for “with excessive speed and unauthorized use of a high-occupancy vehicle lane.”

Here’s the story from the Houston Chronicle where you can see the picture of the confiscated mannequin and read the commuter’s excuse: Metro: HOV driver with mannequin causes wreck

On a side note here’s the last part of the story,

Metro Police Capt. Michael Raney said officers confiscate, on average, one fake person a month from motorists in HOV lanes.

The most common type is a baby doll strapped in a car seat. Among fake adults, males are more common than females, he said.

The agency issued 4,683 tickets last year for unauthorized use of the HOV lane. The fine can go as high as $200.

“It should be a real person that is alive and breathing,” Raney said of the HOV passenger requirement. “Infants in the womb don’t count.”

And yes, he’s heard that one too.

I know Captain Raney isn’t a doctor, but surely he must know that “infants in the womb” are real people and they’re alive and do breathe.

Jimmy Kimmel Does the Unthinkable

Here’s the proof:

I heard one of the local sports radio guys grill POTUS for wearing jeans at the All-Star Game. Huh?

The anti-jean rant made me think of a scathing column conservative pundit George Will wrote against America’s love affair with blue jeans:

Forever in Blue Jeans

Get a grip folks, it’s just denim.

As for the ceremonial first pitch, I know 44’s throw to the plate was as pretty and fluid as 43’s jump shot.